Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham, Saturday, 27 July
Contacts for further information about the Pilgrimage and details about pick-up points:
Mrs Thompson – Mobile 07990 588083, Mrs McNicholas – 01226 242145
F Flynn – 0114 2686247, J Durham – 07956 592788, R Morrisroe – 0114 2749600
Cost of fare, which includes a Pilgrimage Programme: Adults £18, students £12
The annual Hallam Diocesan Walsingham Pilgrimage is now in its 39th year, and this year providentially falls on the feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Patroness of the Hallam Diocese.
Pilgrimage to Walsingham has been a pious tradition since the 10th century when the shrine was established. It has been very much part of Catholic life in England for over 1000 years to the present day, with its essential message as England’s Nazareth and the Shrine of the Incarnation.
The Hallam Walsingham Pilgrimage has been a key feature since the creation of the Hallam Diocese. Led by Bishop Ralph on 27 July, the Pilgrimage is in part a response to the recent visit to St Marie’s, as the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The visit invited us to meditate on the missionary role of Our Lady of Walsingham for the re-evangelisation and conversion of England, Mary’s Dowry. The maternal solicitude and love that one keenly felt on the visit greatly helped towards the re-dedication of England on 25 March, 2020 as Mary’s Dowry.
As 27 July is the penultimate Hallam Pilgrimage to Walsingham before the re-dedication and, for many, a last opportunity to pilgrimage to Walsingham, I am mindful of Thomas Arundel, 14th century Archbishop of Canterbury, who wrote, “That we being the servants of her special inheritance and her own dowry ought to surpass others in fervour of our praises and devotions.”
May the Walsingham Pilgrimage on 27 July bring many blessings and remind us that we are not passive bystanders but are instrumental by our prayers, supplications and dedication for reclaiming of England as Our Lady’s Dowry.